Keith Ablow

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Keith Ablow
Born Keith Russell Ablow
(1961-11-23) November 23, 1961 (age 52)
Marblehead, Massachusetts,
Alma mater Brown University
Johns Hopkins University
Political party
Spouse(s) Deborah Jean Small
Children 2[1][2]

Keith Russell Ablow (born November 23, 1961) is an American psychiatrist, author and television personality. He is also a contributor on psychiatry for Fox News Channel.

Early life and training[edit]

Ablow was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the son of Jeanette Norma and Allan Murray Ablow. Ablow attended Marblehead High School, graduating in 1979.[3] He graduated from Brown University in 1983, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in neurosciences. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1987, and completed his psychiatry residency at the Tufts-New England Medical Center. He was Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in psychiatry in 1993 and forensic psychiatry in 1999.[4]

While a medical student, he worked as a reporter for Newsweek and a freelancer for the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun and USA Today. After his residency, Ablow served as medical director of the Tri-City Mental Health Centers and then became medical director of Heritage Health Systems and Associate Medical Director of Boston Regional Medical Center.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Ablow's wife, Deborah Jean Small, is an attorney.[6]

Television and writing career[edit]

Ablow has written hundreds of columns/articles for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Newsweek, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Herald and

He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the Today Show, The Howard Stern Show, Good Morning America, the CBS "Early Show," "Larry King," The Tyra Banks Show, Nancy Grace (CNN) program, Catherine Crier Live, The Dr. Oz Show, "Glenn Beck," "Fox & Friends," "Geraldo," "Imus," "Montel," "Sally Jesse," "Maury Povich," "Inside Edition," "Showbiz Tonight," "Doctor's Radio," and The O'Reilly Factor. He has been interviewed by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and many other print, television and radio journalists.

From June 2006 through September 2007, Ablow was host and executive producer of his own national daily talk show, The Dr. Keith Ablow Show, syndicated by Warner Bros. On October 17, 2006 he obtained an exclusive interview with John Mark Karr, and video taped Karr without his knowledge at times,[7] the man who falsely confessed to being the murderer of beauty pageant child star JonBenet Ramsey. After interviewing Karr, Ablow asserted he was dealing with a "textbook case of pedophilia" and that Karr would continue to pose a threat to society once free. The show lasted less than one year, with about 1% of TV viewers tuning in.[8]

Following his show's cancellation, Ablow has been a contributing editor for Good Housekeeping Magazine and a columnist for the New York Post.[5] He also contributes commentary and analysis for the Fox News Channel.

Ablow is the author of six psychological fiction thrillers featuring Frank Clevenger, a forensic psychiatrist dedicated to a search for truth, no matter where it leads. More than one of the titles was a USA Today bestseller.[citation needed]

Ablow's true crime book, Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson, was a New York Times bestseller.

In 2007, Ablow published a prescriptive self-help book, Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty in conjunction with a self-help web community.

Ablow's 2011 book, The 7,[9] co-authored by Glenn Beck, was released in January 2011 and was a New York Times bestseller. In November, St. Martin's Press published a second Ablow book, Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait.

Ablow has also written widely circulated columns on addressing treatment strategies for major depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders. He also has written about possible diagnoses for public figures, though he has never actually treated them himself. For example, he publicly speculated that Vice President Joe Biden had dementia after his 2012 VP Debate performance, which critics and readers notably argued.[10][11]

Ablow has written 15 books, some published by the American Psychiatric Association, been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and written for Psychiatric Times magazine.

Political ambitions[edit]

In January 2013, Ablow expressed his interests in possibly running for the vacant Senate seat left by John Kerry,[12] With no political background, Ablow, from the beginning, would have been a long shot if he did choose to run. On February 5, 2013, Ablow announced that he would seek the Republican nomination, but only if he did not have to face a primary battle.[13] On February 6, 2013, Ablow said he would not run since other Republican contenders entered the race, and declared his support for Republican State Rep. Dan Winslow.[14]

Controversial comments in the media[edit]

Ablow has made a number of controversial statements, including psychological assessments of various celebrities he has never examined, that have drawn criticism from other practitioners in his field as well as from various organizations and groups which were offended by his comments. Ablow has stated in an article on the Fox News website[15] that years ago he "resigned in protest" from the American Psychiatric Association, which is the governing body that sets the standard of practice in the field of psychiatry and publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). In the article, he did not state what he had been protesting about, but expressed his disagreement with various entries in the DSM.

Articles by Ablow later clarified that he worried that the American Psychiatric Association had stood silent while the psycho-therapeutic skills once learned by psychiatrists were left out of current training regimens. He also agreed with leaders in the field like Paul McHugh, MD, and Phillip Slavney, MD, that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (published by the APA) was oversimplifying human experience and pathologizing it.

In April 2011, Ablow wrote a health column for[16] which criticized designer Jenna Lyons for publishing an advertisement in the J. Crew catalogue in which she was depicted painting her young son's toenails hot pink. Ablow wrote that gender distinctions are "part of the magnificent synergy that creates and sustains the human race". The column sparked a controversy around his claims that painting a child's toenails pink could have an effect on their gender identity and led to accusations of overreaction, as was reported upon by numerous news media sources.[17][18][19][20] Ablow refused to back down, even re-posting the column on his Facebook page.

During the 2012 Republican primary, Ablow wrote a column arguing that Newt Gingrich's three marriages actually made him more qualified to be president. He wrote: "When three women want to sign on for life with a man who is now running for president, I worry more about whether we’ll be clamoring for a third Gingrich term, not whether we’ll want to let him go after one."[21] The column was criticized, with Rod Dreher of The American Conservative commenting thusly: "Oh for frack’s sake. At some point, you have to wonder when shamelessness crosses the line from character defect to psychopathology. If only Dr. Leo Spaceman were a Republican, he could have a lucrative career on Fox."[22]

Ablow later clarified that his position was that one's private sexual life should remain private and that dissecting the sex lives of public figures was counterproductive and salacious.

On August 12, 2014, as a guest co-host on the Fox News show, Outnumbered, Ablow criticized the weight of First Lady Michelle Obama, stating, “she needs to drop a few [pounds]."[23] Ablow continued his attacks on an August 21, 2014 segment, telling the women panelists on the show that they also need to lose weight.[24]

On October 9, 2014, concerning the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Ablow opined on Fox News that he believed the president "may literally believe we should suffer along with less fortunate nations. And if he does, that is a very dangerous psychological stance from which to confront Ebola". [25] He also claimed that President Obama was not protecting the United States from Ebola because his "affiliations" and "affinities" were more with Africa. [26] His Ebola comments drew criticism, including from Fox host Greg Gutfield of The Five.



  • Medical School: Getting In, Staying In, Staying Human (1987)
  • How to Cope with Depression (1989)
  • To Wrestle With Demons: A Psychiatrist Struggles to Understand His Patients and Himself (1992)
  • Anatomy of a Psychiatric Illness: Healing the Mind and Brain (1993)
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Kappler: The Doctor Who Became a Killer (1994)
  • Without Mercy: The Shocking True Story of a Doctor Who Murdered (1996)
  • Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson (2005)
  • Living the Truth: Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty (2007)
  • The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life (2011) (co-authored with Glenn Beck)
  • Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait (2011)


The series features Frank Clevenger, a forensic psychiatrist from Massachusetts.

  • Denial (1998)
  • Projection (1999)
  • Compulsion (2002)
  • Psychopath (2003)
  • Murder Suicide (2004)
  • The Architect (2005)


  1. ^ "Keith Ablow Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ablow, Keith (1 April 2007). Psychopath: A Novel. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1-4299-0111-6. 
  3. ^ "High School Alumni in Marblehead, Massachusetts (MA)". 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Certification and Status Verification System". American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Bio [dead link]
  6. ^ Giacobbe, Alyssa (January 2007). "Got Problems? Can’t Fix Them? It’s Mom and Dad’s Fault". Boston Magazine. 
  7. ^ "Inside the Mind of John Mark Karr (Transcript)". CNN: "Larry King Live". October 17, 2006. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Dr. Keith Ablow Show: The Doctor is Out". TV Series Finale. February 5, 2007. 
  9. ^ "The 7". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Fox News' Keith Ablow: Joe Biden Showed Signs Of Dementia At Vice-Presidential Debate". Huffington Post. October 15, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ Ablow, Keith (August 16, 2012). "Inside the mind of Joe Biden". Fox News. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Possible Republican candidate for special election visits FOX 25". FOX Boston. January 8, 2013. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  13. ^ Vartabedian, Sonya (February 5, 2013). "Ablow: Will run with GOP backing". Newburyport News. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ Cerullo, Mac (February 9, 2013). "Ablow bows out of race for Senate". Newburyport News. Retrieved July 22, 2014. 
  15. ^ Ablow, Keith (May 14, 2012). "Be wary of the American Psychiatric Association". Fox News. 
  16. ^ "J. Crew Plants the Seeds for Gender Identity". Fox News. April 11, 2011. Retrieved April 12, 2011. 
  17. ^ Donaldson, Susan (April 13, 2011). "J. Crew Ad With Boy Painting Toenails Pink Stirs Up Transgender Debate". ABC News. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  18. ^ Abraham, Tamara (April 13, 2011). "J Crew ad featuring five-year-old boy with neon pink toenails sparks debate about gender identity in children". London: Mail Online. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  19. ^ Bascaramurty, Dakshana (April 13, 2011). "Is it wrong to paint your son’s nails bright pink?". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  20. ^ Badash, David (April 11, 2011). "Fox News Attacks J. Crew President For Ad With Son’s Toenails Pink". The New Civil Rights Movement. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Newt Gingrich's three marriages mean he might make a strong president -- really". January 20, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Fox M.D.: Newt’s serial marriages good for America". The American Conservative. January 20, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Fox’s Keith Ablow: Michelle Obama ‘needs to drop a few’". The Washington Times. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "Fox’s Keith Ablow Tells Female Co-Hosts They Could Stand to ‘Lose Five Pounds,’ Shouting Ensues". Mediaite. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
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